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Comment Sorry to be the sad one (Score 1) 458

My order is Others, Family, Self.

I look after others, then I look after my family, then I look after myself. My family know how to look after themselves, and I can trust that they will be ok in a disaster.

They know that I am a first responder, and therefore if I am at home at the time disaster strikes, it'll be a quick reverse check (do I have my balls? is everyone else ok? out the door I go). My data is backed up offsite. My possessions are insured, and I didn't marry a useless SO who can't look after herself.

Comment Trackpad (Score 2, Interesting) 159

Of course, in the tradition of blackberry, the device will be a tablet with a keyboard, and won't have a touch screen. Fortunately they will instead use the new trackpad, instead of the trackball. Blackberry don't have a good record with touchscreen... In fact, its pretty atrocious. People forget, the touchscreen is what makes a device. This is why iPhone, iPad, etc are so popular, Apple have nailed the touchscreen. (btw - in case anyone accuses me of otherwise - Avid blackberry user, hate the iPhone, love the blackberry, but I call it like it is - Apple ownz touchscreens).

Comment Re:Time to move away from your Americianisms (Score 1) 676

God I hope all Europeans don't do arithmetic as poorly as you.

54% (as I write this) voted Fahrenheit, and assuming the thermostat wars are split by the same margin, another roughly 3% voted Fahrenheit.

Stats change, originally my statement was correct. Still, even with 57 vs 43, its still high enough for my statement to stand, stop with the backwards Americanisms.

Comment Time to move away from your Americianisms (Score 1) 676

I think that, given the current results, with Celsius being the highest response by far, its time for Slashdot to embrace your new found international overlords.

We will treat you well, so long as you start using metric, and spelling colour correctly. It'd also help if you spelt Celsius correctly too.

The tables have turned, and I believe this shows clear evidence that Slashdot is an international community. I mean, really, how hard would it have been to include equivalent temperatures in the list too?


Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child Screenshot-sm 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment Re:Use your head and quit your bitching. (Score 1) 1007

Bottom line is if you never tell anyone that your base password starts with p455W0rd, then I don't think having a personalize system of 2+ characters to distinguish which system the password is for, and another 2+ characters to allow to reoccurring password changes would make your password any less secure, with the benefit of making them easier to remember. For extra security, add some ! _ - @ % etc characters to break up the 3 parts to your password. i.e. p455W0rd#02!01

Hi, please sign up for a system that I run, where I log every users IP, PTR record, username, full name, DOB, etc, etc, and PASSWORD to a nice database. Now I can begin work on cracking your other passwords.

I wish people would stop thinking that the systems you log in to are secure. This especially bad with the users who have one standard password, or the mysecret-slashdot. The ones who use apples01, apples02 are rarely better. Your system just adds a little bit more complexity.

I'm sorry, the only way to deal with the multitude of passwords today, given there is no wide-spread smartcard deployment, is a secure encrypted password DB stored on a portable eletronic device (eg phone, ipod touch, palm, etc, etc), and use the autogen password tool to generate new passwords.


Australian Student Balloon Rises 100,000 Feet, With a Digital Camera 174

hype7 writes "An Australian student at Deakin University had a fascinating idea for a final project — to send a balloon up 100,000ft (~30,000 metres) into the stratosphere with a digital camera attached. The university was supportive, and the project took shape. Although there were some serious hitches along the way, the project was successful, and he managed to retrieve the balloon — with the pictures. What's really amazing is that the total cost was so low; the most expensive part was buying the helium gas for approximately AUD$250 (~USD$200)."

Comment Wrong, in many ways (Score 5, Insightful) 338

What you want (being able to define pages) is wrong in many many ways.

You should, as an authoring tool, never define a page, or its dimensions, especially academic works, which will be printed in different formats, on different paper (A4/Letter/Tradeback/etc/etc)

At most, whatever markup you have, many define things like page breaks, but even then, they are more a typesetting issue.

What you want is either LaTeX or DocBook.

Comment Re:What languages? (Score 1) 1359

"somewhere in the South Pacific, just watch out for the coups that happen every few years."

He's not wanting to holiday there, he wants to move there. A country with a history of unstable government, and one that is in the middle of a military coup d'état is not a good place to live.

Comment Re:When Will the Average Consumer Learn? (Score 1) 311

I just read that the Earth is spherical. Can you point me to a precedent? If you don't do my homework for me I'll just DIE!

Actually, its not, well, not exactly spherical, and yes, I'll do your homework (though if you are older than 12, your teacher should shoot you for using Wikipedia as a reference) -

(Hint - All wiki facts should be referenced, check the reference and quote it instead!)

Comment Re:How much is your time worth (Score 1) 837

Oy vei! Does anybody use T568A these days? I thought that was pretty much phased out?

Wikipedia answers:

TIA/EIA-568-B specifies that horizontal cables should be terminated using the T568A pin/pair assignments, "or, optionally, per [T568B] if necessary to accommodate certain 8-pin cabling systems." Despite this instruction, many organizations continue to implement T568B for various reasons, chiefly associated with tradition (T568B is equivalent to AT&T 258A). The United States National Communication Systems Federal Telecommunications Recommendations do not recognize T568B.

Eg - you are old and out of date - T568A is the correct, current standard.

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